Jun P. Espina         5 min read
Written on June 11, 2021
The familiar phrase, born again, is perpetually ridiculed and subjected to incredible distortions to wipe out its real meaning. It is about the eternal life Christ will give to us if we only believe. (cf. John 3:16) People cannot stop laughing every time they hear God’s promised everlasting life. Their attitude toward the second-birth teaching over 2000 years ago did not change today. They crucified the Teacher of it, Jesus Christ, and also martyred His followers who taught the doctrine. This truth lives, however, even though the worldview against the Christians is just so prejudiced. Christ said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3) And we cannot change this requirement to enter God’s kingdom. Did Christ mention your religion, baptism, church attendance, generosity, or good works? No. He just said, “unless one is born again. . ..” Was born again coined by Milton or Shakespeare? No, Jesus said it, who is King of God’s Kingdom. It is His Kingdom, and only born-again Christians can enter. This book, Born Again Christ’s Version, covers the biblical born-again experience. We need this paper if we want to know more in simple terms on how to live beyond the grave according to the Scriptures.
I wrote the following paragraphs somewhere in this book: “When someone tells you the path to longevity, you would love and follow him because you don’t want to die. The grave terrifies us. But when the Son of God condescended to redeem us from sin by His death on the cross, the Jews crucified Him because He offered to all immortal bliss in God’s city.
Christ loves us and wants us to be with Him in heaven, but we crucified Him daily in our hearts by unbelief.
This book, Born Again Christ’s Version, presents the benefits of trusting and relying upon Christ’s promises related to the unknown realm after death. It deals with the second birth experience according to the Word of God, as it is our Lord’s method to live forever.
The emphasis in this book is the born-again experience lived by true Christians. It is this experience of truth that Christ’s followers chose death over recantation. It explains the willingness of William Tyndale, the father of the English Bible, to be burned at the stake. The unbelievers and atheists see the second birth as a subject for amusement and mockery. But there’s no truth in their misjudgment of Christians for the reality they don’t have any understanding at all.
Someone wrote about a teacher asking a student that if her father and mother were morons, then what would she be. “A born-again Christian!” the girl replied. And the Internet explodes . . ..
I read a post concerning a Christian for 30 years who later became an ex-Christian. He said, “Eventually my feelings caught up with my thinking and I realized I no longer believed, not with my head or with my heart.”1 It happened because he doubted later in life the doctrines concerning the virgin birth of Christ and His resurrection. This guy didn’t realize that his Christianity was fake for 30 years. The born-again Christian trusted Christ as much as he trusted the gospel and the entire Scriptures. Second, the apostle John said, “They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us.” (1 John 2:19) A born-again Christian is always a Christian until one find’s himself a Judas who didn’t have a born-again experience. The backslider will return like the Prodigal Son; the apostate like Judas will not.
The Biblical Born-Again Experience
What is biblical born-again experience? This book, BORN AGAIN CHRIST’S VERSION, presents various angles in answering this question. I also give illustrations, including my experiences as a believer, to validate this paper’s claim of the second birth’s empirical richness. To understand the second birth, I also discussed in this material the meaning of the first birth or the carnal life as the Bible puts it. Observe the contrast between the carnal life and the born-again experience discussed in the following paragraphs:
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1 https://testimonials.exchristian.net/2008/02/i-once-was-born-again-christian.html (accessed June 10, 2021).
2Jun P. Espina, BORN AGAIN CHRIST’S VERSION: Understanding the Biblical Born-Again Experience (Happyprime Corporation, Philippines, 2021), pp. 11-13.